Manuscript guidance

Please find all the information you need in the sections below.

All manuscripts

Manuscript submission

Manuscripts must be submitted via the JSAMR online submission system, and must be a PDF document entitled: YEAR_MANUSCRIPTNAMENOSPACES.pdf.

All manuscripts must adhere to JSAMR's style guidelines, otherwise they will be rejected outright.

The required structure for each article type must be followed.


Title Page

DO NOT SUBMIT THIS UNTIL WE ASK YOU FOR IT. To keep all reviewing double-blind, this will only be asked for once the reviewing process is complete and your work has been accepted.

Every manuscript must contain a title page, which should include:

  • Article Title.
  • Running title: a short version of the full title (to go at the top of each journal page).
  • Keywords: 3-5 keywords that best represent the article. These are used for online search engines.
  • Author names in order of authorship.
  • Author information. List of department, institution, city and country for each author. Each unique department should be numbered and included as superscript AFTER the relevant author.
  • Corresponding author contact details: Full name, institution address, email, telephone number of the lead author.
  • Sources of support: including grants or other support that facilitated completion of the work.
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Number of figures: total number of figures.
  • Number of tables: total number of tables.

Please see the submission template.


File formatting

All manuscripts should use a JSAMR template where possible, and authors are encouraged to use this opportunity to learn to work with laTeX, a standard typesetting framework within academic publishing.

If a JSAMR template is not used, then manuscripts should be typed in Arial, 12-point font, automatic colour, double spaced, and left aligned. Margins should be 2.54cm, and all pages should be numbered consecutively including the title page.

Line numbers must be included, which is automatic in JSAMR templates.

Any Figures should be included where they feature in the text, and should also be uploaded separately during submission (see below).


Figures/Illustrations

Figures should be inluded in the manuscript AND uploaded as separate files named
“Supplementary_File_Figure[FIGURE NUMBER]”

Images must in a vector graphics format wherever possible (PDF or EPS) , or otherwise have a resolution of at least 600 dpi.

Figures must be cited in the main text in numerical order.

Figure legends should include a short title and must be below the figure they refer to.

Colour figures are encouraged.

Histograms and graphs should be presented in a simple, two-dimensional format, with no background grid.

All axis titles for graphs should include units in parentheses where appropriate.


Tables

Tables should be cited in the text in numerical order.


Multimedia Files

Video files should be submitted as .WMF or .AVI formats, .FLV, .Mov and .MP4 files are also acceptable.

Videos should be cited in the text in numerical order.

Videos should be uploaded under “Supplementary_File_Video[VIDEO NUMBER]”


References

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references.

Authors must check all references before the manuscript is submitted.


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

A DOI is a unique identifier for an online manuscript. The DOI for each citation should be included after the reference.


ORCID

ORCID (http://orcid.org) is a unique online identifier for authors. It is used to distinguish authors.

All students named as authors must register an ORCID account, and their ORCID number should be included after their name on the title page in parentheses. ORCID numbers can also be linked in your JSAMR profile.


Permissions

Authors should avoid using any materials that have been published elsewhere, e.g. figures, tables, or videos.

If authors wish to include any material published elsewhere, permission from the copyright holder (author or publisher) must be obtained.

This includes any of your own previously published work, if you are not the sole copyright holder.


Re-sumitting Revised Manuscripts

Following the peer review process, authors may be asked to re-submit a revised manuscripts.

As part of the peer review process authors may receive a document which will suggest changes. ALL suggested changes should be made or acknowledged.

Authors may write a rebuttal letter stating why any suggested changes should not be made. If this is the case, the Section Editor, Deputy Editor, or Editor-in-Chief will review the rebuttal and make a final decision on the suggested changes in question. Any such correspondence will be published along wth the manuscript should it be accepted.

Once the author has made the suggested changes, the revised manuscript should be uploaded as part of the same submission process via the online submimssion system. Do NOT upload the revised manuscript as a new submission.


Structure of standard articles

Abstract

Please see the submission template.

Structured abstracts should contain the following:

  • Introduction
  • Materials and methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

  • Introduction

    The introduction should provide context and background for the study.

    For original research it should contain a hypothesis and aim(s).

    For audit it should contain a standard(s) and aim(s).

    Do not include any information from materials and methods, results, discussions, or conclusions in the aims.


    Materials and Methods

    The methods section should describe how the study/research was performed.

    Any materials and/or equipment should be identified followed by manufacturer’s name and city in parentheses. References to established methods should be included, less well-known methods should be described in text, with reasons for using these methods. Generic names should be used for drugs, with dose and route of administration included.


    Results

    The results section should highlight important findings from the study. Results should be presented in a logical sequence. Do not repeat details found in the methods or introduction. It should include minimal discussion of the results.


    Discussion

    The discussion should emphasise new and important aspects of the study. Authors should discuss the relative importance of the findings in the context of the available literature and the potential for future research or clinical practice.

    Authors should avoid repetition of information contained within the results section. However, a brief description of the main findings may be required, followed by potential mechanisms or explanations for these findings.

    Authors should avoid over exaggerating the importance of their results, and should not make claims that are not supported up by their results or the literature.


    Conclusions

    Conclusions should be linked to the aims of the study.

    Authors should avoid over exaggerated or unsupported conclusions.


    Structure of other manuscript types

    Editorials

    Editorials are written by the editorial team, or guest writers. Uninvited editorials are not accepted.


    Scientific Articles
    Brief Reports

    JSAMR brief reports are a good place to start for any authors who have not written a manuscript or published before.

    JSAMR brief reports are short articles, which can be written about audit or small research projects. These are the types of projects that are done during undergraduate study and commonly it is not possible for students to publish this work.

    Structure:

    • Audit or small research projects.
    • 250 word abstract.
    • 1500-2000 words.
    • To include: Title page, structured abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions.
    • This should be submitted as an "article" during the submission process.
    Reports

    JSAMR welcomes articles on basic science e.g. biochemistry, immunology, physiology etc. or clinical research, e.g. randomised control trial, systematic review, meta-analysis, observational studies.

    Structure:

    • 250 word abstract.
    • 2000-4000 words.
    • Title page, structured abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions
    • This should be submitted as an "article" during the submission process.
    Report Guidelines
    • Randomised control trial: CONSORT guidelines
      http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/consort/
    • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: PRISMA guidelines
      http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/prisma/
    • Observational studies (epidemiology): STROBE guidelines
      http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/strobe/
    • Quality improvement studies: SQUIRE guidelines
      http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/squire/

    Case Reports

    The JSAMR Case Reports section includes articles which describe a single patient (case report), a series of related patients (case series), a single patient with questions (case quiz), a single or series of patients with a literature review (case review).

    All patients included in the Case Reports Section must have a signed consent form.

    This should be submitted as a "case report" during the submission process.

    Case Description

    Case descriptions should include presenting symptoms and signs (relevant points taken from the standard medical history: history of presenting complaint, past medical and surgical history, allergies, medications, social history, family history, systems review, examination), investigations performed and main findings (including blood results and imaging), main diagnosis, therapeutic interventions (if applicable), follow up information (if applicable).

    Description of cases in a case series is more flexible, as repetition should be avoided.

    This should be submitted as a "case report" during the submission process.

    Case Discussion

    Discussion of cases should focus on the interesting or unusual aspects of the case. Authors should also discuss strengths and limitations of the case report and its place in the relevant literature.

    At the end of the discussion 2-3 learning points drawn from the case should be included.

    This should be submitted as a "case report" during the submission process.

    Case Report

    Synopsis of a single patient case with discussion centered around noteworthy aspects of the case.

    Structure:

    • 100 word abstract.
    • 1000 words.
    • Maximum 15 references.
    • To include: Title Page, Introduction, Case Description, Discussion, Learning Points, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "case report" during the submission process.
    Case Series

    Synopsis of a series of patient cases with discussion centered around noteworthy aspects of the cases.

    Structure:

    • 250 word abstract.
    • 1000-3000 words.
    • Maximum 20 references.
    • To include: Title Page, Introduction, Case Description, Discussion, Learning Points, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "case report" during the submission process.
    Case Quiz

    Short quiz based around a case. The description of case should introduce the case and provide the background information for the questions. The description should not include the answers to the questions. 2-5 questions are then posed by the author relating to the case. The answers and explanations to these should then be answered in the section after the questions.

    Structure:

    • No abstract.
    • 500 words, including a description of the case followed by 2-5 questions with answers and explanations
    • Maximum 5 references.
    • To include: Title Page, Case Description, Questions, Answers and Explanations, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "case report" during the submission process.
    Case Report or series and review

    Synopsis of a single patient case or series of patient cases with a relevant literature review with discussion centered around noteworthy aspects of the case.

    Structure:

    • 250 word abstract.
    • 2000-4000 words.
    • Maximum 40 references.
    • To include:Title Page, Introduction, Case Description(s) and Literature Review, Discussion, Learning Points, Conclusions, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "case report" during the submission process.

    View Points

    JSAMR welcomes articles which address any topic relating to medical research, medicine, public health policy, ethics, or medical law, which the author(s) feels are worthy of discussion.

    The author’s/author's’ position(s) should be clearly stated in the article.

    Discussion should be focused and written in a professional voice throughout

    JSAMR encourages constructive criticism where appropriate.

    Structure:

    • No abstract.
    • 1000 words.
    • Maximum 10 references.
    • To include:Title Page, Main Text, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "case report" during the submission process.

    Reflections/Personal Experience

    JSAMR welcomes articles on any personal experience in medicine or relating to medicine and lessons learned.

    No patient identifiable information should be included.

    Structure:

    • 1000-3000 words.
    • Maximum 5 references.
    • To include:Title Page, Main Text, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "letter" during the submission process, submissions in this category will be reviewed by the Editorial Team rather than the formal peer review process.

    Personal Achievements

    Have you achieved something inspiring during your medical studies? This sections aims to act as inspiration for students.

    Achievement of distinctions or course prizes will not be considered.

    Structure:

    • 500 words including a brief biographical description followed by a description of your achievement, and why and how you achieved it.
    • Maximum 5 references.
    • To include:Title Page, Main Text, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "letter" during the submission process, submissions in this category will be reviewed by the Editorial Team rather than the formal peer review process.

    How To Tutorials

    Tutorials are welcomed on how to perform, achieve, write, etc, any thing related to medical research.

    Structure:

    • 1000-2000 words
    • Maximum 20 references.
    • To include:Title Page, Main Text, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "letter" during the submission process, submissions in this category will be reviewed by the Editorial Team rather than the formal peer review process.

    JSAMR Competition

    JSAMR runs an annual competition. The deadline for the 2018 competition is TBA.

    The title for is TBA

    Prize: £100 and your article will be published in JSAMR.

    Structure:

    • 100 words unstructured abstract
    • 1500 word essay
    • Maximum 20 references.
    • To include:Title Page, Main Text, Conclusions, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "letter" during the submission process, submissions in this category will be reviewed by the Editorial Team rather than the formal peer review process.

    Textbook/Online Resource Reviews

    JSAMR welcomes reviews of any resource relating to medical research.

    Structure:

    • 500 words
    • Maximum 5 references.
    • To include:Title Page, Main Text, Conclusions, References.
    • This should be submitted as a "letter" during the submission process, submissions in this category will be reviewed by the Editorial Team rather than the formal peer review process.

    Images in Medicine

    Interesting images relating to medicine taken or obtained from a patient seen by a student.

    Patient identifiable information should be anonymised. If this is not possible a signed JSAMR consent form must be obtained from the patient.

    Structure:

    • 150 word figure legend
    • To include:Title Page, Image, figure Legend
    • Image file(s) must be submitted as a .eps or .png (600dpi resolution) file.
    • This should be submitted as "artwork" during the submission process, submissions in this category will be reviewed by the Editorial Team rather than the formal peer review process.

    Artwork

    Any medium, any subject relating to medicine.

    To be displayed as the front cover.

    Structure:

    • 50 word description
    • To include:Title Page, Image, Image Description
    • Image file(s) must be submitted as a .eps or .png (1200dpi) file.
    • This should be submitted as "artwork" during the submission process, submissions in this category will be reviewed by the Editorial Team rather than the formal peer review process.

    Letters to the editor

    JSAMR welcomes dialogue relating to pertinent topics or JSAMR articles.

    If the letter relates to an JSAMR article one of the five references should be the published article.

    Author’s/authors’ should maintain a professional voice throughout the letter.

    Structure:

    • 750 words
    • maximum 5 references
    • To include: Title Page, Main Text, References
    • This should be submitted as a "letter" during the submission process, submissions in this category will be reviewed by the Editorial Team rather than the formal peer review process.

    Style guidelines

    General

    ***It is preferred that the style and tone of standard scientific writing is used, for example third-person and passive voice.


    Technical language and abbreviations

    Abbreviations and symbols must be standard.

    Acronyms must be written in full when first used. Authors should then use the same acronym for the rest of the manuscript. Acronyms should be used sparingly and only if the full phrase would be used more than 3 times in the manuscript.

    Drugs should be be described using their generic name whenever possible.


    References and in-text citations

    The APA referencing style should be used for all citations.

    An explanation of the APA style can be found herehttp://www.apastyle.org/.

    Unofficial references should be avoided but, if deemed necessary, they should be cited in parentheses.

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